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In 2012, we launched SanDisk Ventures to invest in companies with promising technologies that expand the use of flash-based solutions. Over a three-year period, we will be investing over $75 million dollars in select early to mid-stage companies that demonstrate innovation enabling flash solutions and that possess strong intellectual property and management teams. By collaborating with SanDisk, these companies gain access to a broad product portfolio from a recognized leader in flash, world-class technical expertise, customer introductions and an expanded channel for their products and services
SanDisk Ventures targets investments across the spectrum of flash storage from companies with solutions that enhance enterprise storage applications to companies that develop consumer products. We are interested in investing in innovative hardware and software solutions that extends the value proposition of flash memory. Our target investment areas include, but are not limited to:
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Sumit Sadana has served as chief strategy officer since April 2010. Previously, he was president of Sunrise Capital. Prior to that, Sadana was senior vice president of strategy and business development as well as chief technology officer at Freescale Semiconductor. He started his career at IBM where he held several hardware design, software development, operations, strategic planning, business development and general management roles. Sadana earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur and his master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
René joined the Corporate Strategy team in Jan. 2011, and oversees SanDisk's global M&A, venture capital, and strategic corporate business development activities. Prior to SanDisk, he was the Chief Marketing Officer of VIA optronics and General Manager of VIA Optronics' North America and China divisions, where he successfully led the company into the consumer-electronics segment.
René earned his Diplom-Ingenieur degree in vehicle engineering from the Munich University of Applied Sciences with a concentration in airframe structural design as well as an MBA from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University with a concentration in finance.
Alex manages SanDisk's venture capital activities in the US and Asia, with an emphasis on the Enterprise Storage space with mid-stage technology startups. Alex currently serves as a Board Observer for WHIPTAIL, a leading all-flash storage array company.
Prior to SanDisk, Alex was Director of Corporate Development & Strategy at Brocade, where he was a key contributor on the company's acquisitions and strategic initiatives. In addition, Alex has held product management and engineering roles at NetApp and Quantum.
Alex has an MBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Amir Fridman leads SanDisk corporate business development and venture's investment opportunities in Europe and Israel. In addition Amir has served as director of OEM strategic marketing. Previously, he was director of mobile BU strategic marketing and product management. Fridman joined SanDisk in November 2006 through the acquisition of msystems Ltd.
Fridman earned his Bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from Bar Ilan University and MBA from, Tel Aviv University.
Priyanka oversees SanDisk’s venture investment and strategic business development opportunities globally in the Retail and OEM market segments. She has also been a key contributor in several M&A and post-merger integration activities since 2011. Prior to that, Priyanka started her career in engineering and comes with a strong background in product and system development.
Priyanka is pursuing her MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of Berkeley (expected May 2013) and has an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California and a B.E in electronics engineering from the University of Mumbai.
Founded in 2008, WHIPTAIL is a data storage-industry innovator powering faster, more energy-efficient computing for today's global businesses via flash storage. The company's technology dramatically accelerates application performance and lowers costs for enterprises harnessing cloud computing, virtualization and big data. Based in Whippany, N.J., WHIPTAIL is run by Wall Street and Fortune 500 IT veterans, and backed by investors including Ignition Partners, RRE Ventures, Spring Mountain Capital, and SanDisk Corporation.
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